Multinational auto maker, Toyota is hoping to adopt Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented-reality headset to enhance everything: from design to manufacturing to fixing cars. The headset will allow users to visualise in 3D. CNN Business reported that other auto makers such as Ford and Paccar are also using HoloLens to design cars better. German multinational automotive Daimler purchased more than 100 HoloLens headsets in an effort to train mechanics with vehicle models in 3D.
At Toyota’s headquarters in Japan, employees like Koichi Kayano are testing various tasks using HoloLens. For example: the headset is used to accelerate the measuring process of a vehicle’s paint thickness; or rust-resistant coatings to maintain color consistency and avoid corrosion. “It’s as quick as wearing a HoloLens and seeing the measurement points virtually on the vehicle,” Kayano told CNN Business during a phone interview. “Preparation time is, like, instant.”
Though many auto makers are adopting HoloLens, the hardware has its own set of challenges. First: The cost ranges between $3,000 or $5,000 per headset based on the version: developer or enterprise. Second: There has been no upgraded version since its launch two and a half years ago. Third: The HoloLens weighs 1.3 pounds and is not ideal when worn for several hours at a stretch.